House Salad

This is the standard at Pinch. If you're a novice to making dressings know that you can adjust the amounts of oil and vinegar to suit your palate. Just don't be afraid of salt and pepper - or sugar. The dressing will be the seasoning for a whole bunch of greens and it should be saturated in flavor.


  • 5T olive oil

  • 3 T red wine vinegar

  • half clove of garlic, pressed

  • 1 T crumbled Gorgonzola

  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

  • 1 pear

  • Sugar, as necessary

  • One head red leaf lettuce or a comparable amount of spring mix


Pour the oil and vinegar into a salad bowl.

Add the garlic, salt, pepper and Gorgonzola. Mash with a fork to combine.

Quarter and core a pear and thinly slice, adding to dressing.

Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. When adding pear to a salad I don't add the sugar unless it's necessary. A very ripe pear is quite sweet and you won't need to add sugar.

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